Book review

Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 by B. Lynn Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

B. Lynn Goodwin’s memoir Never too late: From wannabe to wife at 62, published by Köehler Books, is set in contemporary America. It tells the inspirational story of Lynn, an independent professional woman, who finds love late in life and has to wrestle with her fears and her expectations fuelled by modern media.
Lynn is a writer and editor. She lives with her dog Mikko McPuppers in a condo in Danville. After a few uneventful relationships she meets Richard on Craigslist. What follows is a searingly honest tale of overcoming their differences in outlook (he believes that a man should be the head of the household and she wants an equal partnership), education, financial security and experience, he has been married twice and she is a virgin.
In first person past tense the story is told through Lynn’s engaging perspective. I enjoyed her sense of humor as she navigates the perilous line ‘part servant part independent woman’ of an intimate relationship with a religious, traditional man.
What comes across is that in order to be a couple, a man and a woman has to learn to negotiate and be willing to compromise. That’s leads to growth as Lynn learns to trust Richard in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
There is a section at the back of the book with helpful advice and suggestions on where to look for those over-fifties still yearning for love.

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